I have designed and created a new K9 memorial. The total cost was about $500. My plans are to take this memorial to events I attend in order to raise awareness among the general public. One of my goals was to show people that it does not cost a lot of money to create a K9 memorial. If you have any interest in building a similar memorial please contact me. I will send you the instructions on how it was built.
I replaced the original cement dog because he was just too heavy to carry by myself, with a wooden dog which is removed from its pedestal while in transit. Please get out and educate the public this summer.
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On March 13th, I was honored to represent the VDHA and VSPA at the 2014 K9 Veterans Day Ceremony in Mahway, NJ's Police Academy. There were about 300 in attendance. They allowed me to set up a display table and also sell my book, 'Poems From a Soldier'. I spoke to various groups of people, Girls Scouts, Boy Scouts , etc. At the ceremony I was asked to give the benediction at the end. As I approached the podium they put a picture of me and old Kobuc-X433 on the overhead. It was a very moving moment but I was able to get through it. There were many various k9 groups there and dignitaries. It was a great day!
Chaplain Steve Janke
The VDHA was organized in 1993 by a group of six veteran war dog handlers that served during the Vietnam Conflict. One of their original goals was to search for and re-unite veteran war dog handlers and honor the memory of their war dog partners.
As a result, the VDHA has grown from six members to approximately 2000 members. Our membership consists of veteran war dog handlers and dog loving supporters of all ages and gender.
The VDHA continues to be a part of war dog memorial projects throughout the country. Some have since been dedicated and more are on the horizon.